Experiment to Save an Endangered Fish Holds Lessons for Policymakers

It’s no accident that Indiana Jones was an archeologist, not an economist. Economists are better known for digging into data sets than digging up clues. But in recent years, a number of economists, particularly development economists, have led a revolution in the field—by going into the field.

Many of these new adventurers are motivated to better understand which new policies, philanthropic programs, or other interventions have the greatest positive impact for people in developing economies. The randomized controlled trial has become a key tool for them to compare the effects of an intervention with what would happen in the absence of such an action.



Fox International Fellowship expands to Argentina

The Fox International Fellowship at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale has expanded its global network of partner institutions to include the University of San Andrés, Argentina. The Fox International Fellowship (link is external) is a graduate student exchange program between Yale University and, with the newest addition, 20 world-renowned universities.

Founded in 1989 by the Scottish Community in Argentina, Universidad de San Andrés is recognized as one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the region. With an enrollment of over 1,900 students, it offers both graduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Law, Social Sciences, and the Humanities.


Experience El Salvador




MARCH 9-16, 2019

Experience El Salvador through the eyes of community leaders working for social, economic, and political change. This unique immersion program allows travelers to learn about the country’s history and to meet with local organizations that model principles of equity, inclusion, and entrepreneurialism. The trip includes cultural excursions to Zaragoza, Suchitoto, and San Salvador.

Explore the transformative power of cross-cultural dialogue and experiential learning with grassroots groups working for justice, peace, and hope in El Salvador.




Download the full event brochure and printable application form (pdf).

“La Charla”: The impact of one YSN alumnus in Nicaragua

When Simone Ippoliti ’16 MSN was accepted to Yale School of Nursing, she was instantly attracted to YSN’s commitment to global health. By the end of her Graduate Entry Pre-Specialty (GEPN) year, Simone met with Patricia Ryan-Krause, director of the Global Health Concentration, to discuss ways Simone could become involved. They discussed Patricia’s yearly nursing trip to Troilo, Nicaragua, and how the nation had some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the western hemisphere.

What began in that first meeting ultimately lead to a mentorship and partnership that lasted well beyond Simone’s three years at YSN. Patricia encouraged Simone to apply for a Downs Fellowship—a program at the Yale School of Public Health that sponsors Yale students to live, learn, work, and research in low- and middle-income countries. During her time in Nicaragua on the Down’s Fellowship, Simone examined the impact of sexual and reproductive health intervention on the rates of teen pregnancy. She then went on to spend a further three months in Troilo the following summer, working with a community health nurse and teaching adolescents about sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, and empowerment.


Yale scholar examines Cuban-American life through lens of popular culture

Albert Laguna

There was a time when Albert Laguna thought his father was the funniest man in the world. Until, that is, he began to research the topic of popular culture in Cuba for his recently published book and realized that his father had been stealing quite a few of his jokes from the popular Cuban comedian Guillermo Alvarez Guedes.

Famous for his one-liners, Alvarez Guedes released over 32 joke albums, and made appearances on television, in movies and on radio. Despite the fact that the comedian has permeated Cuban American culture, “no one has ever written about his social importance and the consequences of his work,” says Laguna, adding that it the first thing he thought of when reading scholarship on Cuban Americans. “Cuban American studies has mostly focused on the pain of exile, but then you have this comedian who is the soundtrack for the quotidian life of so many. Everyone knows him. Cubans grows up listening to his albums at home, and people — including my own father — retell his jokes constantly.”